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Through the Heart of Afghanistan

 

Emil Trinkler.jpeg Few people recall today that Germany and Afghanistan were once close friends, allied in their mutual distrust of the then still-powerful British Empire. Within the space of a few years the British had beaten the Germans on the battlefields of the First World War. A few years later these same English victors used their military machine, complete with state-of-the-art airplanes based in India, to bomb their Afghan neighbours into political submission. It was in 1927, while both Germany and Afghanistan were thus licking their wounds and regaining their political power, that the German geologist Emil Trinkler made his legendary trip across the forbidden kingdom of Afghanistan.
His book, Through the Heart of Afghanistan describes his journey through the country as it still was, asleep and dreaming in the last stages of her long medieval slumber.

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